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The Supreme Court today rejected a petition seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Imran Khan for not being truthful and righteous. The court ruled that the petition seeking Khan’s disqualification as an MNA was filed during the term of the previous National Assembly, which has now completed its tenure. The petition was filed by Barrister Danyal Chaudhry in May last year soon after the apex court had constituted a six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe allegations of corruption against then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The application has already been rendered ineffective, observed Justice Ijazul Ahsan. The court subsequently dismissed the application after the petitioner’s counsel said he was withdrawing it. The petition alleged that Khan was making speeches to undermine the Panama Papers case judgment and further influence the expected outcome of the JIT investigation. In some of his statements, it said, Khan was making allegations against different institutions including but not limited to those who were bestowed upon with the responsibility to investigate the allegations as ordered by the SC.
Imran Khan recently called Modi a small man for his refusal to hold dialogue with Pakistan. People across Pakistan have pinned hopes on Imran Khan for lifting Pakistan out of the crisis it has been embroiled in for the last several decades.
Besides other things, the petition had sought disqualification of Khan for not disclosing his alleged loved child Tyrian White in his nomination papers for the general elections. After the dismissal of this petition, Khan seems to be out of trouble. However, it doesn’t mean that he will get level playing field in five years of his rule. Pakistan’s economic condition is dismal. The incumbent government also faces foreign policy challenges.
Imran Khan seems content on improving Pakistan’s relations with its historic allies. His recent visits to KSA and UAE indicate a sense of urgency in Islamabad to mend fences with countries with which Pakistan’s relations deteriorated in recent years. The dire financial crisis Pakistan facing is also pushing Islamabad to look towards its ‘friends’ in the Middle East and China to bail it out. Despite foreign office’s proactive approach, Imran Khan is the center of the diplomatic overtures launched by Islamabad.
Imran Khan recently called Modi a small man for his refusal to hold dialogue with Pakistan. People across Pakistan have pinned hopes on Imran Khan for lifting Pakistan out of the crisis it has been embroiled in for the last several decades. The quick end of cases against Khan will now give him an opportunity to focus towards making Pakistan ‘great’.